Man gets 4 years in racially motivated WA attack
Friday, September 2, 2011
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A man with white supremacist ties who was convicted in a racially motivated attack on a black man in a Vancouver, Wash., bar has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.
Zachary Beck was sentenced Friday in federal court in Tacoma. Beck waived his right to a jury trial. In June, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan found him guilty of conspiring to violate the civil rights of the man he attacked in January 2010 in a downtown sports bar.
Two other men who joined in the attack earlier pleaded guilty to separate charges and have been sentenced to prison.
U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan says the victim was not badly injured. His name has not been released.
Federal prosecutors say Beck ran for the city council in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in 2003 under the Aryan Nations banner.